POSTED: May 30th 2017

Olympics: POCOG 2018 stages a Peace Walk along the DMZ

The Peace banner © POCOG
The Peace banner © POCOG

POCOG President Hee-beom Lee encouraged the visitors © POCOG
POCOG President Hee-beom Lee encouraged the visitors © POCOG

Students from seven Asian national participated © POCOG
Students from seven Asian national participated © POCOG

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(SFC) The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) and Gangwon Provincial Office of Education (GPOE) organized a peace walk along the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the South Korean city of Goseong.

POCOG and the GPOE hosted a five day Peace Education Festival bringing 400 international students and teachers from seven Asian nations together that wound up with the peace walk between the two Koreas.

Hee-beom Lee, POCOG President, noted, "These students are the next generation of leaders in our world.

"Through this symbolic Peace Walk, we hope that they were able to understand the significance of peace and unity and continue to carry this message with them in all that they do in life." 

The participants wrote down words, phrases and made pictures relating to 'peace' in their native language creating a 239 meter Peace banner representing the length of the DMZ. This banner was carried by the students on the walk.

Chinese student, Yujie Shi said, "I was able to learn that together through dialogue we can solve conflict. It was great to walk together with international friends for peace."

PyeongChang will host the winter Olympics in February 2018 in just a matter of months and organizers hope that sport will transcend the issues between the two Koreas. 

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